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How does it work?

Select your Gift from the options—pick the country, gift, outcome or value that suits you best. CWS will send you a card with the details. You send the card to your recipient who gets the gift. Or make it easy – choose the eGift option and send it immediately – no paper, no stamp, no hassle. Your purchase becomes a donation, helping people in a developing country build better lives.


You can order online using your credit card through PayPal or by making a deposit into the Gifted Bank Account. Please make sure you quote your order number when making your deposit. Just select the gifts (and quantity) you want and follow the easy online instructions. OR you can phone 0800 74 73 72 during office hours (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) and order over the phone using a credit card. OR send your order along with your address and credit card details to PO Box 22652, Christchurch 8140. Don’t send cash. OR make a Bank Deposit to: 06-0817-0318646-00. Email your name and address to Order through the website and choose the Bank deposit option. Please indicate your choice of gifts. Let us know if you want cards or only the receipt.
Please allow 10 working days from the date the order is received. Gifts cannot be sent until payment has been received. If you have an urgent order please phone us on 0800 74 73 72 or email and we will try to help.
Yes, you will be sent a receipt for tax purposes. Donations of $5 and over are eligible for a tax credit (formerly rebate) in New Zealand. CWS is a registered charitable entity and an approved recipient for payroll giving and tax credits.
If you ordered an eGift, the recipient will be sent the card with your message. If you ordered a gift, we will send you a gift card to send to the recipient. The card features a description of the gift you have selected and a snapshot from someone who has benefited from the programme. The value is not shown on the card. You will also be sent a tax-deductible receipt.
If you select the wrong gift or quantity during the ordering process, you will be able to change the quantity in your shopping cart. Click on the 'x' to update shopping cart. If your order has already gone through, please contact CWS by phone on 0800 74 73 72 or email as soon as possible, quoting your order number and the error. We can also resend an e-gift if you make a mistake with the email address.
If you have any difficulties completing your order online, please phone CWS on 0800 74 73 72 during office hours (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm) and we will offer assistance.
All gifts make real changes for people who need a hand up out of poverty. They are directly linked to the work CWS funds to; improve access to food, water, health care, education, and human rights as well as providing new income opportunities, environmental protection, and emergency relief. They all contribute to building self-reliance so families and whole communities can look after themselves.
Occasionally some gifts may be oversubscribed. CWS will redirect your donation to an equally effective programme. You will still receive the card or eCard for the gift you ordered.
Christmas is the busiest time for Gifted orders. To ensure you receive yours in plenty of time, especially if you need to post the gift on, please order early. Orders that arrive by 14 December will be processed and mailed on that day. You should get it before Christmas but may not have time to mail it on - depends on NZ Post. You can organise an eGift at any time and it will be sent on completion of the order.
No. We send the card directly to you so that you can personalise the card with your message. Also, as we get many multiple orders, it would add considerable costs to send out all the orders. The cheapest option is to choose an E-Gift. That means more money for the people who need your gift.

About the Gifts

All gifts are linked to current programmes funded by CWS and your donation will be used to support the work of your choice via your gift selection. When you buy a gift, like bees, you get more than just the bees! You’re helping the agriculture programme by providing training and group support for families in caring for their bees and garden.
CWS has more than 75 years of proven achievement and expertise working with overseas partners who are members of their communities. When disaster strikes where we have no local partners, the money goes through the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together), of which CWS is a member. Our partners provide regular reports and detailed budgets. They are regularly monitored by CWS staff and the International Programmes Working Group.
For more information on the programmes supported by Gifted, please contact CWS on 0800 74 73 72 or email
It is not possible to provide individual feedback on each gift. The gifts are donations to a particular part of the programme’s work to improve food, income, services, health, human rights, environmental care, and many other things to give people better lives. You can learn more about CWS’s work by visiting Our seasonal newsletters and CWS Update feature many of the partners. Contact for a free copy. Past issues can be downloaded from the CWS website.
We have selected a variety of fun and interesting gifts that represent the range of work CWS funds. All gifts are from existing programmes so are included in partner proposals, budgets and evaluation reports.
All our gifts are based on programme proposals submitted by our partners in developing countries. We calculate the costs from their budgets. or the gift is a contribution to the more expensive wider programme that is delivering the stated outcomes.
There are many variables including the local market, the type of programme and the exchange rate. When you select an animal you are not simply purchasing the livestock. The programme will include training, veterinary check-ups, etc. It may use volunteer or paid labour. The animals may be purchased, donated or bred for the programme. All CWS prices are based on the budgets prepared by our partner organisations in country.
A number of gifts include farm animals. This is because of their importance to family food, income, health and wellbeing in poorer countries. Over 1 billion poor people rely on livestock for their livelihoods. The animals also provide fuel, pulling power for agriculture and transport and fertiliser for home gardens. All the livestock programmes supported by CWS provide training in animal care and welfare. Most of the recipients are women, who become very proud of their animals and the responsibility they have been given to care for them.